Ancestral Leaves

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-02-09
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Ancestral Leavesfollows one family through six hundred years of Chinese history and brings to life the epic narrative of the nation, from the fourteenth century through the Cultural Revolution. The lives of the Ye family--"Ye" means "leaf" in Chinese--reveal the human side of the large-scale events that shaped modern China: the vast and destructive rebellions of the nineteenth century, the economic growth and social transformation of the republican era, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Cultural Revolution under the Chinese Communists. Joseph W. Esherick draws from rare manuscripts and archival and oral history sources to provide an uncommonly personal and intimate glimpse into Chinese family history, illuminating the changing patterns of everyday life during rebellion, war, and revolution.

Author Biography

Joseph W. Esherick is Professor of Modern Chinese History at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of the Origins of the Boxer Uprising (UC Press) and coeditor of The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History, among many books.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Imperial Era
Fleeing the Long Hairsp. 3
Family Rootsp. 18
Father, Son, and Familyp. 36
Rebellionp. 55
Official Life in the Late Qingp. 69
A Time of Transitionsp. 99
Republican China
Doing Business in Tianjinp. 117
Growing Up in Tianjinp. 128
Student Life in the 1930sp. 148
Warp. 182
The People's Republic
Family Life in New Chinap. 223
Hundred Flowers and Poisonous Weedsp. 250
The Cultural Revolutionp. 278
Epilogue: After the Delugep. 301
Notesp. 317
Glossary of Chinese Termsp. 357
Selected Ye Family Bibliographyp. 361
Indexp. 363
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